Last week 11,000 tilapia fry (babies) were added to the ponds of 38 families in Semuy 2, a village in the department of Izabál, Guatemala. Malnourishment used to be rampant here. But not anymore, thanks to the tilapia ponds, goats, chicken, cocoa plantations, and other products, as the result of the BIOFORESA program. In this program we collaborate with Heifer International, which uses the “passing on the gift” model, meaning that families who receive animals have to pass on the offspring to another family.
Thursday last week the first 17 families to be part of the program passed on their tilapia babies to 21 families, whom were next in the “passing on the gift” line. This model extends the impact of the original gift, allowing a once impoverished family to become donors and full participants in improving their communities.
The BIOFORESA program is co-managed by Heifer International and FDN, and financed by BMZ/The Government of Germany.